David Kaiser

David Kaiser

Director of Talent at Feld Entertainment Inc

Location:
8607 Westwood Center Drive, Vienna, Virginia, United States
HQ Phone:
(703) 448-4000

General Information

Experience

Entertainment Manager  - The Walt Disney Company

Education

degree  - 

Recent News  

Kenneth Feld brought me David Kaiser and Tuba Heatherton to train them to be my assistant talkers.
David is now a top position executive with Feld Entertainment Inc.

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But clowns have always had a dark side, says David Kiser, director of talent for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
After all, these were characters who reflected a funhouse mirror back on society; academics note that their comedy was often derived from their voracious appetites for food, sex, and drink, and their manic behavior. "So in one way, the clown has always been an impish spirit… as he's kind of grown up, he's always been about fun, but part of that fun has been a bit of mischief," says Kiser. Kiser, Ringling's talent spotter and a former clown himself, acknowledged the damage that scary clown images have done to clowning, though he was inclined to downplay the effect. "It's like, 'Oh man, we're going to have to work hard to overcome that one,'" he says. Ringling's Kiser agreed. "I think we have all experienced wonderful clowns, but we've also all experienced clowns who in their youth or lack of training, they don't realize it, but they go on the attack," Kiser says, explaining that they can become too aggressive in trying to make someone laugh. And Kiser, of course, doesn't see clowning diminishing in the slightest. But good clowns are always in shortage, and it's good clowns who keep the art alive. "If the clown is truly a warm and sympathetic and funny heart, inside of a person who is working hard to let that clown out… I think those battles [with clown fears] are so winnable," he says.

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David J. Kiser (USA)
Director of Talent - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey

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